New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help | Yes! Magazine

July 25, 2014
As Seeta Peña Gangadharan argues, “Data literacy can’t be taught by parachute or evangelism. The best thing would be to give resources to schools, libraries, and other community anchor institutions to teach this new material.”

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Did Hillary's Book Tour Work? | Politico

July 24, 2014
Anne-Marie Slaughter
President of the New America Foundation and former State Department official
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Bill de Blasio has promised pre-K for all 4-year-olds. Can it get done? | Vox

July 23, 2014
"New York is trying in a matter of six months to build the entire system that DC's got twice or three times over," says Conor Williams, a senior researcher on early education at the New America Foundation. "Don't get me wrong, they have some really smart people… Barring someone with supernatural powers, I just don't know how they get this done in the time they have allotted."

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Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour | Chronicle of Higher Hducation

July 23, 2014
Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at the New America Foundation, said the joint actions show that "policy makers want to dig deeper and see what—if anything—works, for whom it works, and under what conditions it works."

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All Aboard for Net Neutrality | In These Times

July 22, 2014
Seeta Peña Gangadharan, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, says the FCC’s notice and comment period tends to be more about “performing participation” than actually framing rules over majority opinion.

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A Lose-Lose Game | CTV

July 22, 2014
Click here to see Lisa Goldman's interview on why an Israel ground offensive could have terrible consequences.

Israel's Ground Invasion of Gaza | Ian Masters Background Briefing

July 22, 2014
Lisa Goldman, the Director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at the New America Foundation, joins us to discuss the apparent symbiosis between Israeli hardliners and Hamas hardliners, neither of whom seem to be bothered by civilian casualties and neither of whom have any apparent vision beyond a reciprocal cycle of tit-for-tat violence and retribution.

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Battle on Many Fronts to Get NYC Wired | City Limits

July 22, 2014
Those nodes use Commotion software deployed by New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI) to emit their signals and connect to one another—creating the mesh. For Georgia Bullen of OTI, communities don't just need Internet access—which a mesh may or may not provide—they need "infrastructure that grows with the community." OTI has applied for grant money from the NYC Economic Development Corporation's initiative Rise : NYC—to set up similar networks elsewhere in the city.

Colleges Must Help Further The Goals Of Common Core Standards, Report Says | Chronicle Of Higher Education

July 22, 2014

The report's author, Lindsey Tepe, a program associate in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, welcomed their involvement but said colleges needed to play a more active role in working with schools to define the standards.

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Air Canada Cancels Flight to Tel Aviv over Safety Concerns | CTV

July 22, 2014
Air Canada is among the airlines that cancelled a flight to Tel Aviv Tuesday after reports a rocket exploded not far from the city’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

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The Hillary Show | New Yorker

July 22, 2014
She was the first professional woman to have an operational role” as First Lady, Kati Marton, the author of “Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our Recent History,” told me. “She treated the role as if it were a job. This was jarring to many.”

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Book Review: 'Making David Into Goliath | Washington Times

July 21, 2014
When Israel’s neighbors launched a surprise invasion in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, oil-producing Arab states threatened to cut supply to any country offering Israel assistance. The results of the embargo threat exceeded Arab expectations, fundamentally realigning “the geopolitics of the Middle East and the entire world,” according to historian Daniel Yergin.
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Sharp Divide Seen in Net Neutrality Comments on Rules for Mobile Broadband | Communications Daily

July 21, 2014
Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, said in a news release the revised rules should not treat wireless and wireless differently. “The FCC must not create two different Internets, one wireline and open, the other wireless and closed,” Calabrese said Thursday. “Individuals will increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that will connect to the Internet over a variety of fixed and mobile carrier networks de- pending on location, need and cost.”

House Republicans Are Killing the Dream of Local High-Speed Fiber Internet | Motherboard

July 21, 2014
"This comes down to the issue of local choice. It's a matter of whether broadband services in an area meet the needs of the community," Patrick Lucey, a researcher who studies municipal broadband for the New America Foundation, told me. "Over the next year or two, more and more cities are going to be discussing this issue for themselves, and what's happening [in Congress] is harmful to that debate."

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Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Is the Tech World’s Envoy | New York Times

July 20, 2014
“He brings a much more Washington sensibility to the West Coast than many of his peers,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official who now runs the New America Foundation and attended Princeton University with Mr. Smith. “He recognizes the necessity of government engagement. Government is not just an entity for favors. It has to be part of the solution.”

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Net Neutrality a Key Battleground in Growing fight over Encryption, Activists Say | PCWorld

July 18, 2014
Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.

AT&T pushes FCC to ban 'fast lanes' | The Hill

July 17, 2014
The FCC should reclassify the Internet to ensure that Internet providers can’t block or slow access to any websites or charge “tolls” to companies for sending traffic their way, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute claimed in its filing. That would ensure protection “against the full scope of harms, and the Commission could implement a bright-line rule that creates a presumption against discrimination as well as either banning access fees outright or requiring that such fees be applied in a manner that is consistent for all parties.”

The Other Border Crisis Solution | The Weekly Wonk

July 17, 2014
Scarlett Aldebot-Green, Senior Policy Analyst, New America Asset Building Program: First, if the U.S. really wants to improve the economic circumstances of families in Central America and reduce violence, then it needs to work with the communities and people that it intends to help.

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Expectations Are High As Mexico Prepares to Accept Foreign Oil Explorers | Ames Tribune

July 15, 2014

"Mexico's declining oil production, the rigidities of the (political) system, have been known for a long time," said Daniel Yergin, author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power." "As Mexico becomes a manufacturing platform of the global economy, they really need the energy supplies," Yergin said. "It’s not something that happens overnight.

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